Saving money by making stuff yourself is really trendy right now. And I don’t hate it. A lot of my life I have taken pride in myself when I didn’t do something just because it was trendy. (Rainbow flip flops anyone? Or leggings. Yikes.) But now that DIY is trendy, I’m making myself right at home in the bandwagon. I’ll just surround myself with cupcakes, bunting, yarn wreaths, and mason jars and call it a day.
I’ve been wanting to try out handmade laundry detergent for awhile. (Handmade sounds so much better than homemade, right?) But I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of recipes floating around Pinterest. Then a lovely lady from my church who owns a shop in our town gave me some to try. It smelled like heaven and worked great, so I resolved to finally make some myself.
After much searching, I settled on this recipe from How Does She. It is good for regular machines and HE machines. It includes Borax, baking soda, washing soda, Zote/Fels Naptha, and Oxiclean. It also explains how to add those fabric softener crystals, but we chose not to do that. And by we, I mean my mom and I. It was a family effort.
My dad kind of got pulled into helping because he was just so talented at grating all that soap. Seriously. He could do two bars in the time I could do half of one. It must be all the sanding he’s done over the years. Ha! So my mom just reminded him of how much she would be saving and that she would be washing his clothes, and he grated away. Timothy took this nice iPhone pic of us and then resumed telling us about some new surgery he saw on YouTube. Sadly, a true story.
The whole process was really easy. We used that big tub to mix it all in and it worked like a charm. My mom had a ton of jars from canning, and we just divided the mixture into those. This particular recipe filled nine and a half of those giant mason jars.
I’ve already started using the detergent and I’m loving it. It smells great, our clothes feel clean, and it looks so cute! I’m loving how much money we’ll save also. Since marrying a
smelly man, I’ve had a LOT more laundry than I thought. I mean seriously. I’m kind of afraid of the amount of laundry I’ll have when we have children.
So this is one DIY that I’m so glad we did. Have any of you made your own detergent? Any different recipes that you use? I’d love to hear!